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    Posted: May 16 2014 at 5:02pm
Nurses do way too much work for not enough credit, IMO.
but i guess that's most jobs. 
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Rickysrose; I seriously thought of IT. Thank you
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my 2 cents 

If you still like to travel, then you'll want a high paying career where you can work from anywhere 
.. so I'd go the IT route. There are many roles that would make use of communications skills set so it's not necessarily far from what you originally wanted to do.

It's unconventional but here's my suggestion

For the least cost, to make the best use of your time and to maximize your earning potential:

1. Get a certification and start looking for an entry level IT job ... so by the time you finish school you'll have at least three years experience
2. Take as many Clep courses as you can, you can shave off up to 77 credits @ only $80 an exam and save a lot of time
3. Leverage your Clep courses and get an associates (just in case life happens and you can't complete the four year, you'll have something to show)
4. Leverage your associates into a 4yr from a good brick and mortar university (some have online IT degrees)

*apologize for typos I'm on my phone

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You don't need to major in communications to work in communications. I'd do some things related to it on the side, for experience's sake, and get a degree in a technical skill to complement it.
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Great read
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Bumping...rickysrose, afrokock....anyone else
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Originally posted by stardaqueenb23 stardaqueenb23 wrote:



I also disagree that non stem degrees are a waste. I do believe there are factors that lead to success such as location, job experience, GPA, networking and university reputation. I have a lot of black friends with non stem degrees who are doing well for themselves and these factors are all in place.


Well then I guess we have different experiences because my black friends with those factors (Including one that went to a top 3 MBA program & Interned for a Fortune 100 company) are unemployed or underemployed.  I have yet to see someone in my personal life have something tangible to show for these degrees long-term. 


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Originally posted by uppitynegroid uppitynegroid wrote:


[QUOTE=stardaqueenb23]

I chuckle at the "those jobs are for white people" thing because I was told that often.

I
didn't say certain jobs were for white people, I said majors with poor
job prospects were for white people.  Big difference.  Some people have a
lot more room for failure than others because there is someone waiting
to pick up the pieces for them until a decent job becomes available,
while others don't.  Those others are usually colored.

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thing is if you are smart about a non stem major( go to a top program,
get connections, intern and work while you are in school) you can do
just fine.


This is what people keep telling students and its
just not true.  A lot of graduates of law, mba, and psych programs have
networked their butts off, interned for Fortune 50 companies, and
still, nothing.  I think this is the kind of advice that leaves people
high and dry.  Sure, a fraction of people who pursue these majors will
get good results, but most just don't.  Telling people that the right
combinaton of factors will lead them to quality employment is just not
accurate. 

The way I see it, if you are black and have no safety
net in place should your passion for a liberal arts lead to failure,
then pursue a field with better job prospects.
I heard both those jobs and those majors are for white people on the floor. I agree with your last statement and that stem degrees are a safe bet. I disagree that nursing should be the go to degree(not saying you said this but it is becoming that way.) It is a great field to be in if you want to be a nurse and go in to it for the right reasons but a lot are not and they get burned out. This takes a toll on patient care quality and outcomes and is a factor of why so few pursue the higher nursing specialties. I love nurses so no disrespect intended but just my opinion.I rarely hear people steering black women towards the other stems and this gets on my nerves(once again not bhm, life experience.)

I also disagree that non stem degrees are a waste. I do believe there are factors that lead to success such as location, job experience, GPA, networking and university reputation. I have a lot of black friends with non stem degrees who are doing well for themselves and these factors are all in place.

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What types of business programs are you guys talking about? I ask because at my alma mater business was not a liberal arts degree. It is a BS with a heavy concentration on math, finance, accounting, and science. This is why I said the school you go to is also important.
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Originally posted by uppitynegroid uppitynegroid wrote:


This is what people keep telling students and its just not true.  A lot of graduates of law, mba, and psych programs have networked their butts off, interned for Fortune 50 companies, and still, nothing.  I think this is the kind of advice that leaves people high and dry.  Sure, a fraction of people who pursue these majors will get good results, but most just don't.  Telling people that the right combinaton of factors will lead them to quality employment is just not accurate. 

The way I see it, if you are black and have no safety net in place should your passion for a liberal arts lead to failure, then pursue a field with better job prospects.


*nods head vigorously*...so much truth.

The bold makes me tthink of an article I read not too long ago (maybe it was posted here too?) about the black dude who was either in college or had graduated with a major in sociology or something similar whose family home was being foreclosed on. And the fact that he couldn't help his family even though the whole point of him going to college was so that he'd improve his financial position.

I tell the students that I work with that if they really have a passion for a liberal arts major, then do it. But it should be alongside another skill based major. If you really love something then you'll put in the work regardless. If you're not willing to do that, then you are certainly not the type of person who is going to be successful with just a liberal arts major and networking.
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